Scotland centre Tom Philip escapedpunishment by a Six Nations disciplinary panel here Thursday even though they ruledthat his high tackle on Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll in last weekend'sclash was dangerous. But the fact that no ban has been imposed means Philip is clear toplay for Edinburgh in their European Cup quarter-final against French holdersToulouse on April 10. Philip's challenge on O'Driscoll took place during Ireland's 37-16Triple Crown clinching win here at Lansdowne Road on Saturday, a result that condemned Scotland to the wooden spoon after they lost all five oftheir Six Nations games this season. However, the incident was missed by match officials and promptedIreland chiefs, whose side finished second in the table behind Grand-Slam
winners France, to cite Philip. But, after meeting on Wednesday, a disciplinary committeecomprising of Paul Mauriac (France), Terry Vaux (Wales) and former England propJeff Probyn said in a statement issued Thursday they did not believe a suspensionwas justified as the incident was only worth a yellow card. "The committee upheld the citing complaint and judged that,although the tackle was considered dangerous within the meaning of Law 10.4. (e),they believed that the tackle was made recklessly rather than withintent," the statement said. "In our view, referees deal with this type of tackle byissuing a yellow card. In such circumstances, we do not feel that any suspension wouldbe appropriate."
Ireland Women's captain Niamh Briggs spoke about her excitement for the Women's Rugby World Cup as the official tournament logo was unveiled in UCD today. She is also looking forward to facing England, Canada and New Zealand in November this year as part of the build-up to #WRWC2017.
Ireland Women's Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall is in Langford this week for the Canada leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. Following Ireland's Bowl win in Atlanta, Lucy previews our prospects this weekend.
Ireland Women's Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall speaks about the build-up to the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. The girls in green begin the pool stages against France at 12.52pm local time/5.52pm Irish time today.
IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee reflects on the Easter matches played by the Ireland Under-18 and Under-19 teams, which ended last weekend with wins over the England Counties U-18s and France U-19s.
Watch highlights of the Ireland Under-18s' seven-try 43-0 victory over Scotland during the inaugural U-18 Five Nations Festival in Caerphilly, Wales. Number 8 and captain Caelan Doris scored a hat-trick of tries and winger Daniel Hurley bagged a brace.
Railway Union's Kim Flood made her debut at full-back for the Ireland Women in last weekend's 14-3 Six Nations win over Italy. She is looking forward to experiencing the partisan crowd at Donnybrook again this Sunday when Scotland are the visitors. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.ie.
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek spoke to Irish Rugby TV on the eve of the final round of the RBS 6 Nations Championship. He is happy that the team are focused but warns that it will be a tough encounter with Scotland tomorrow.
Looking forward to the lineout battle with Scotland, Ireland lock Devin Toner said: "We went well again Italy, I think our set piece went well. If we can just build on that and build on the positives then I think we'll be okay."